Daniel Klinger obtained his degree in chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. During his diploma studies under the guidance of Patrick Théato, he worked on the development of photo-switchable block copolymers using controlled radical polymerization methods.

   He then moved to the group of Katharina Landfester at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz where he received his PhD at the end of 2011. During this time he focused on the development of responsive microgels and polymeric nanoparticles for enzymatic and light-triggered release applications.

   In, early 2012, Daniel joined the group of Craig J. Hawker at the University of California in Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral researcher. At UCSB he worked on surfactant-directed block copolymer self-assembly in nanoparticles and the develpoment of new nanomaterials from polyether building blocks.

   He then started a position as project leader in the Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB in 2015. During this time he further refined his independent research concept and combined the areas of block copolymer self-assembly, with his existing experience in the fields of stimuli-responsive materials and colloidal chemistry.

   In February 2016 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin where he now focuses on the development of functional polymeric nanomaterials. His multidisciplinary approach is based on the controlled assembly of tailor-made polymeric building blocks. In his current position as Juniorprofessor for Chemical Nanopharmaceutics, he focuses e.g. on the development of stimuli-responsive micro- and nano gels as new carrier materials for topological applications. Additionally, he is also interested in phase-separated block copolymer nanoparticles, and new polymers and composite materials for applications in photonics, optoelectronics and thermal conductors.

Scholarships and Awards

Springer Theses                                                                                                                                                                                             08/2013


·   Publication of the PhD thesis in the book series ‘Springer Theses – Recognizing Outstanding PhD Research’



International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)                                                                                                                  01/2010 – 12/2011


·   Scholarship Fellow



Dr. Georg Scheuring Stiftung of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz                                                                          07/2007 – 12/2007


·   Six month stipend for the diploma program



Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst (DAAD)                                                                                                                    08/2005 – 03/2006


·   Scholarship for a study abroad semester at  Seoul National University